Sixteen Favorite Quotes by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez is the king of quotable quotes. Whenever I read him, I occasionally have to stop and ponder upon a sparkler of a sentence, trying to understand what it means, whether it’s really true, and how I can work it into a conversation and sound all smart and witty. It’s like, in every book, he discovers a new philosophy in each new passage. Just look at him sniggering at you, I bet he has something profound and baffling to say.
Here are some of my favorite quotes by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez. Notice how so many of them are from Love in the Time of Cholera. That would be because I have read that book at least two hundred times, and each reading stuns me with the author’s insights about love and marraige.

“With her Florentino Ariza learned what he had already experienced many times without realizing it: that one can be in love with several people at the same time, feel the same sorrow with each, and not betray any of them. Alone in the midst of the crowd on the pier, he said to himself in a flash of anger: ‘My heart has more rooms than a whorehouse.”

― Love in the Time of Cholera

Crazy people are not crazy if one accepts their reasoning.

― Of Love and Other Demons

“He repeated until his dying day that there was no one with more common sense, no stone cutter more obstinate, no manager more lucid or dangerous, than a poet

―  Love in the Time of Cholera

He dug so deeply into her sentiments that in search of interest he found love, because by trying to make her love him he ended up falling in love with her. Petra Cotes, for her part, loved him more and more as she felt his love increasing” 

―  One Hundred Years of Solitude

The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.”

―  One Hundred Years of Solitude

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it”

– from a personal account

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

– from a personal account

“The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.

― Love in the Time of Cholera

“But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral consideration she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about.”

― Love in the Time of Cholera

“A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth.” 

― The Autumn of the Patriarch

Amputees suffer pains, cramps, itches in the leg that is no longer there. That is how she felt without him, feeling his presence where he no longer was”

― Love in the Time of Cholera

“ But if they had learned anything together, it was that wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.” 

― Love in the Time of Cholera

The world is divided into those who screw and those who do not. He distrusted those who did not—when they strayed form the straight and narrow it was something so unusual for them that they bragged about love as if they had just invented it”

― Love in the Time of Cholera

“Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.

― Love in the Time of Cholera

The problem in public life is learning to overcome terror; the problem in married life is learning to overcome boredom.”

― Love in the Time of Cholera

 I never forgot her somber look as we were eating: Why were you so old when we met? I answered with the truth: Age isn’t how you old you are but how old you feel. 

― Memories of my Melancholy Whores

Do you have any favorite quotes from Gabriel Garcia Marquez? Did you like any of the ones I have chosen? Please do share in the comments.

And if you like this post, you may also like Chronicles of a Death Foretold: A Review, which was the first review I ever wrote.

-Amritorupa “Whorehouse Heart” Kanjilal

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